Archon to rule again

Myriad Interactive licenses action-chess hybrid franchise from Free Fall, game to be published on unspecified formats.

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In 1983, the ancient board game of chess received an overhaul with the release of Free Fall Games' Archon. Originally released on Atari's 8-bit series of computers, Archon combined the strategy of chess with the action of games. When one piece attempted to capture another, the game pit the two units in a one-on-one battle to see who would emerge from the battle victorious.

Sequels and ports of the game made their way across a number of formats, from the Commodore 64 to the ZX Spectrum and the Nintendo Entertainment System, but the franchise has been largely dormant since the 1994 release of Archon Ultra on the PC.

Now the series is set to make a comeback, as Myriad Interactive this week announced that it has secured the Archon license from Free Fall Games with the intent to make a new version off the game that "combines the fun and spirit of the original with today's exciting technology."

Myriad Interactive publishes the Crazy Frog Racer games through its Mercury Games and Turtle Games brands. Specific platforms for the game have not been revealed, but Myriad said it would release details on them soon.

Discussion

89 comments
snowkiwi2
snowkiwi2

Hi guys, If you like Archon, perhaps you'll like the project I'm working on. The only reason I made Awakening Sun in the first place was because I really felt Archon has so much potential, and just needed an update for today's market. I talked to Mr. Freeman in the past and am glad he's going to make it himself, if I understand what I'm reading. Awakening Sun is inspired by the original Archon, and is not looking to be in competition with the original. Awakening Sun is a whole world in its own. You can see it as an extra treat for you Archon fans. (This is a mac optimized site.) Here's the address: donnysnow.com

Mayhski
Mayhski

Thank God!! i was just surfing the net, looking for what happend to one of my alltime favorite games, and i found just the news i was looking for... Now the anouncement for a release on XBA and i truly am a happy man.

lord_mordain
lord_mordain

Interesting and possibly cool. I used to love this game back on the Commodore 64.

LexLas
LexLas

Archon welcome back, any classic come back was always a defenite great one.

Slayer420
Slayer420

Archon was a lot of fun on the NES. Definitely looking forward to see how this comes out.

Icekxg
Icekxg

wow, I almost forgot that game even existed. Had a lot of fun playing Archon on the NES. I'm actually looking forward to this release, which would be nice if it was a XBLA download.

Dups79
Dups79

*sniff* memories!!

ralphikari
ralphikari

My friends and I used to fight for the Apple][ joystick because whoever got it owned the board with the Unicorns or Basilisks:)

DragonMage2k4
DragonMage2k4

I was a fan of Archon since the Apple II plus days. I remember Wrath Unleashed being an attempt to recapture the Archon glory days, too bad they never got the online component to work. Hopefully, Myriad will include the online component for Archon.

mr_pops238
mr_pops238

Archon Ultra PWNED back in the day. I still have the disc, but its scratched to ****. I hope they include the old version(s) of it in the new game.

nickbakopoulos
nickbakopoulos

I had Archon, and EA actually brought the game to PC originally.

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

Will probably end up as crazy frog chess and spawn a hit single bought by kids and grannies

UppityPrimate
UppityPrimate

There was also a game called Unholy War for the original playstation. Same kind of thing as Wrath Unleashed with a Tech vs. Magic theme and more diverse units. A niche title, but I thoroughly recommend it for fans of Archon

wytefang
wytefang

Again, this already came out as Wrath Unleashed. If you don't want to wait and gamble on this 'newer' version of Archon, just pick up Wrath Unleashed for the original Xbox. Wasn't the greatest game but it was amusing.

Bgrngod
Bgrngod

Ahh the memories. Archons was a ton of fun back in the day. Mostly because at the time I was the best chess player in my circle of friends. Besides that it was still really fun.

cjcr_alexandru
cjcr_alexandru

I haven't played the original Archon, but this game sounds like fun.

Wookie_Fodder
Wookie_Fodder

I used to play the old Archon on NES all the time. It should be interesting to see what format they go w/on this one. XBLA would be the most logical choice, but I would like to see the developer expand upon the game and make it a full-fledged retail game. If they can expand on this game and not ruin it, I could see the Wii having some fun with this.

Filaki
Filaki

the good ol' days. should definitely be on XBLA

kdt55
kdt55

Should be a XBLA title.

CrackerMcGee
CrackerMcGee

I could see this being a lot of fun on hand held systems especially with multiplayer.

don16086
don16086

YES!!! I'm a huge fan of Archon, I still play it on the C64 emulator. Other games like it are Wrath Unleashed for PS2 and Unholy War for PS1, both decent titles. I am looking forward to this release, I hope its good.

sonicare
sonicare

Sweet. The original Archon was lots of fun. Unicorn FTW.

Kebn
Kebn

the unholy war is fantastic!

playa42018
playa42018

I thought it was talking about Battle Chess for a second.

SolidTy
SolidTy

I loved Archon, I also recommend UNHOLY WARS, as another great game...

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

oooh ... i remember this game ! Loved it as a kid!

gzader
gzader

Wolan said it all. I loved Archon, played on the C64 and the Amiga. The thought of playing it again would be great, but a part of me really wants to be able to play it single player against the computer with little or no changes. Archon 2 was great as well. A whole new level (bad pun intended)

Wolan_PL
Wolan_PL

New Archon being made = good New Archon being made by creators of Crazy Frog Racer = bad

Azghouls
Azghouls

I hope Myriad Interactive don't ruin such a great game. Heck I even made a review of the game based on the Atari 800. So let Archon (and hopefully Adept) rule again!

MythManiac
MythManiac

I thought Starcraft 2 was announced. D=

dn3datomiced
dn3datomiced

C'mon. First, we get Catan. We'd better get Archon too. Go XBLA.

unholygemini
unholygemini

Lol, I remember that game! Man, it was actually reallly fun! A new one would make a great Live Arcade game.

mik_evil
mik_evil

So they have the license, big deal. show us some footage.

Neoyamaneko
Neoyamaneko

Online, 3D, Terrain, pieces vastly varying in power and purpose = A timeless game. It will still be *Very* playable in 2007, IMO.

osxgp
osxgp

A true classic. I hope that Myriad can capture what made the game so much fun without ruining it.

DO646260
DO646260

Good times back then... but is it going to be as much fun now? :o/

wytefang
wytefang

The newer version was already released in the form of its spiritual successor for the Xbox by LucasArts, "Wrath Unleashed". They even said in interviews that they basically stole their ideas from Archon.

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

This game was a clasic - this is great news!!!!

Blazer88
Blazer88

This was a great game I also had it on C64.

fuman3
fuman3

Holy crap I played Archon on my commodore 64. Man i cant wait for this.

MARIOJAY450
MARIOJAY450

i have the nes cartridge of archon, it's an awesome game. they should put it on the VC

Tortured_Elf
Tortured_Elf

Oh man, I used to play this in recess during elementary school with all the other kids like 10 years ago. We were addicted to this game, always fought over the comps for a chance to play (there were only 2)

chisoxrule
chisoxrule

This was one of my favorite Apple II games along with Castle Wolfenstein and the Ultima series. It was especially fun in the 2 player mode. If they do it right, it should have plenty of replay value. Back in the day I figured out the perfect way to beat the computer opponent without losing any of my pieces. Looking forward to this one.

Gmacrusher
Gmacrusher

We well see if it does rule again!

UrbanMessiah
UrbanMessiah

" I think I'd rather see Mail Order Monsters remade. " OMG, I'd weep tears of joy if that happened...I freakin' LOVED that game! As for a new Archon, that's awesome news. I have very fond memories of that game, so fond I bought the game Wrath, which is like Archon in almost every way except for different creatures and its not on a chess board. -=x